Government shutdown may facilitate Keystone pipeline

by Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune

The developer of the Keystone XL Pipeline is asking a Montana judge to stay his order blocking construction while it appeals his decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Absent a stay of the permanent injunction, TransCanada will continue to suffer irreparable harm,” TransCanada writes in a motion filed in December. “Additionally, the current injunction impedes, among other things, the United States’ interest in energy security and a strong bilateral relationship with Canada.”

On Nov. 8, Great Falls-based U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana overturned the U.S. State Department-issued presidential permit for the oil pipeline and ordered the agency to conduct additional environmental review.

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